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Impact Factor Inflation: When an Increase is a Actually a Decrease

(scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org): Every June, publishers and editors anxiously await the Parade of the Journal Citation Reports, and hope - some even pray - that their own numbers will increase. After all, an increase is an increase, right? In spite of a plea from one liblicense-l reader, it didn't take long for publishers to begin crunching 2009 performance figures to see how well they did.
   
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Google puts $1m into academic research projects for digitised books

(guardian.co.uk): A Google-backed research project is to map out the relationship between location and literature, visualising works related to a specific era or place using Google Earth.A joint project between the Open University, the University of Southampton and the University of California at Berkeley, Google Ancient Places will let users search for books related to specific geographic location during a particular time period, which are then visualised on Google Earth or Google Maps. Academics will be able to access data compiled from a broad swathe of literature, including many out of print and rare material often kept just a small number of institutions.
   
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We still need libraries in the digital age

(guardian.co.uk): With the government axing public services, librarians are being forced to defend their existence against accusations of irrelevance in modern society. As one adviser on Newsnight put it during the BBC's recent "mini-consultation" on the proposed cuts, why do we need libraries when everyone has broadband and can access information without recourse to a librarian?
   
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Confirmation bias in science: how to avoid it

(arstechnica.com): One of the most common arguments against a scientific finding is confirmation bias: the scientist or scientists only look for data that confirms a desired conclusion. Confirmation bias is remarkably common-it is used by psychics, mediums, mentalists, and homeopaths, just to name a few.
   
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Preservation and conservation of UB property vital

(gazettebw.com): Is the conservation and preservation of materials in the University of Botswana (UB) today necessary? Basically the answer is yes, affirmative action is a fundamental need in the university community, writes THATAYAONE SEGAETSHO.
   
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